Master Kenneth S. Pittaway was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 17, 1941. He started his Isshinryu Karate training in 1960, at the 524 Mercer Street dojo in New Jersey owned by Master Don Nagle.
Early tournaments and competitions consisted of matching dojos against each other, and no awards were given. Senseis looked for certain qualities in their students when under pressure, such as skill, attitude, and form.
Master Pittaway competed in the first Canadian Karate tournament, held in Toronto; he competed in Madison Square Garden, where all the matches were judged by Mas Oyama; and he competed in the first World Karate Championships in Chicago, Illinois.
Master Pittaway was the pioneer of Isshinryu Karate in the State of Michigan opening the first karate dojo. He also started Isshinryu in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is presently involved with Sensei Bob White and Okinawan Karate Clubs. He works as a naturopath and homeopathic doctor, and is CEO and President of a state-licensed medical school.